Oak & Iron: Frank Zane Talks Training With Arnold

Check out this archive interview with Lara McGlashan to find out what it was like training during the golden era… when bodybuilding was bodybuilding. Three-time Mr. Olympia Frank Zane reflects on what it was like training and hanging out with “The Oak” By Lara McGlashan, MFA, CPT “Arnold is a tremendous force — a very […]

Training Specialization in Winter by Frank Zane

Winter is the best time to take stock of your physique and ask yourself what needs the most improvement. Start with your symmetry. The question here “Is one side more developed than the other?” Symmetry or bilateral symmetry as it occurs in humans infers that one side of your body is a mirror image of the other. But it never is, and through sports or your occupation (check out the one big forearm on carpenters and tennis players) one side will be more developed and even shaped differently than the other. The best way to improve asymmetry is by using dumb-bells as much as possible.

The Importance of Aerobics in Building Muscle Definition

I frequently get asked about how I was able to develop sculpted muscles with such extreme definition.  What I learned through experimentation – especially when training for the Mr. Olympia competitions – is that the right amount of aerobic activity at the right time will support you in developing more muscle definition over time. It is […]

The Elements of Good Form

The better your form, the more shapely your muscles will develop. Each exercise you perform in your routine is meant to isolate a specific area. If you cheat and use loose form, the effect of the exercise be- comes more global and is spread over a wider area of the body. Doing cheating barbell curls can work your lower back and deltoids more than your biceps…

Muscle Past Midlife

Is it possible to gain muscle mass after age 40? The answer is yes – but you must go about it correctly with realistic expectations. Set goals for yourself that are attainable. You may ask, “How do I know what’s attainable?” That’s a good question because you don’t really know exactly what’s possible, so be reasonable. […]